Jones Takes in Bulldog Scrimmage

Dontea Jones grew up just down the road from Mississippi State on highway 25. Due to the proximity to home, the Bulldogs were an obvious consideration for the talented wide receiver. Now committed to Mississippi State, Jones has made a few trips to campus to learn more about his future in Starkville. This past weekend Jones was in town for the Bulldogs' scrimmage.

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"I had a good time up there again and I got to meet a lot more people," said Jones. "I had the chance to go in the film session with the receivers and Coach (Billy) Gonzales before the scrimmage.

"They all knew who I was and that surprised me.

"A couple of times, Coach Gonzales told me to go put my shoulder pads on and come on out there.

"I wished I could have played. I feel like I am already part of it."

Jones reports that his recent trips to visit Mississippi State have only strengthened his pledge to Coach Dan Mullen and his staff.

"You know when you first commit, you sort of ask yourself if you're making the right decision," said Jones. "Now that I have been committed for a while and now that I have been able to get to know everybody, I know I made the right decision.

"I know some of the players now and I have a good relationship with Fred Ross now.

"I feel like he's going to have a big year this year and be one of the top passing targets on the team.

"He had two touchdowns in the game Saturday to be exact."

Jones reports that he enjoyed getting to see the offense in action up close and personal.

"People say that Mississippi State is a running team, but that's not really true," said Jones. "They use their wide receivers a lot and they played a lot of young guys last year.

"I know I am going to have to come in and work hard and be on the grind to get some early playing time.

"I know nothing is going to be given to me and that's the way I want it."

The Louisville standout is currently working hard off of the field to prepare for his senior season at Louisville High and beyond.

"I have been working out everyday after school and working on some academic things," said Jones. "We start spring football on that Tuesday after Good Friday.

"I am ready to get back out there and see how we're going to be.

"We had the quarterback from Winston Academy transfer in, so there will be a position battle between him and our 9th grade QB.

"We have some young receivers coming back too that can make plays. The ball won't be coming to me all of the time, because we have some good receivers."

Jones is not just building rapport with the pass catchers at his high school.

The three star standout is working the recruiting ranks hard to get some other top receivers to join him in Starkville next fall.

"I like Kevin Marion a lot," said Jones. "I hope Mississippi State offers him.

"I have been real impressed with him and I know he really likes Mississippi State.

"Every time I go to one of these camps, I see Malik Dear.

"We spend a lot of time together and we talk about the future.

"I know Mississippi State is on top for him and I feel like he might make a decision pretty soon.

"I told him to come on up there with me."

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